Asian Lit Bingo [Book Tag]

At the beginning of May I saw Aentee’s post about this month long event called, Asian Lit Bingo. Which is AMAZING, being from Singapore I’m always trying to find more books, especially SFF, written by Asian authors as well as books that ARE Asian in content in someway.

Instead of participating because my reading has been a bit stagnant as of late, I decided to find a book for each of the squares and make a rec list instead!! In retrospect I probably should have posted this earlier, but whatever. Better late than never. 😎

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‘Pulp: ‘ Book Launch at Books Actually [IRL Adventures]

On the 19th of May I went to the book launch of Pulp: A Short History of the Banished Book by Shubigi Rao at Books Actually here in Singapore.

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… a ten-year long film, book, visual art, and exhaustive research project about the history of book destruction, censorship and cultural genocide, as well as the book as symbol and resistance. Travelling and filming solo across the world, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, and buried secrets, she visits public and private collections, libraries and archives, institutions and individuals that have served as flashpoints in history.

This is the first book in a series of five, and as such holds the undiluted joy of loving books, and furious anger and sorrow at their destruction.

“If our history is anything to go by, all books are predestined ashes, whether burning, flying like confetti at a fascist parade, or pulped, dissolved, rendered into nothing more than fragments, scraps of phrases in the living memory of its ageing readers. This book (like all books) is about what it means to be human and build fictions, and also how human it is to burn them.” [x]

Shubigi didn’t really talk a lot, I WISHED SHE DID!! I wanted to hear her talk more about books as a whole and the written and printed word and whatever she was thinking to be honest. But I did take some notes!!

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New Year Book Hype: 2016 [Literary Lists]

HOW IS IT 2016 ALREADY???!?!?

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I still forget that the 90s were not 15 years ago, but 20!!!!! Someone even complimented me for having a “vintage” iPod??? As in the ones that were black or white with a click wheel?!?? HOW IS THAT VINTAGE????!!!!!??!

SIGH. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a look at some of the books that are coming out this year that I’m super psyched for. SO EXCITING!!!

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#DiverseDecember: In Which Diversity Is Not A Myth [Literary Lists]

Recently I noticed a hashtag going around twitter, #DiverseDecember. Turns out it’s a celebration of books by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers (aka BAME), for this month!

It even has it’s own twitter account, which you can find @DiverseDecember!!! The account mainly retweets posts with the hashtag, so it’s worth having a look through if you want some diverse books to add to your to-read list, or if you still haven’t bought a Christmas or Hanukkah gift.

The original poster of this post has now deactivated their account, so I can’t credit them for their work. 😡 I just thought it was such a great master post of diverse spookies and creatures that more people had to know about it!!

Under the Read More, there is a MASSIVE list of links showing you the immense diversity that exists for fantasy creatures! From Inuit mythology to Filipinx Ghouls, Persian fairies to Nigerian water spirits.

DIVERSITY IS NOT A MYTH FOLKS!

EVEN IN MYTHOLOGY ITSELF!!

GO FORTH AND DIVERSIFY YOUR FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES!!!

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‘The SEA Is Ours’ by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng [Review] Release: Nov 1st 2015

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The stories in this collection merge technological wonder with the everyday. Children upgrade their fighting spiders with armor, and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. Large fish lumber across the skies, while boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world. The Sea Is Ours is an exciting new anthology that features stories infused with the spirits of Southeast Asia’s diverse peoples, legends, and geography. 

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